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Modern Palladian villa for an Art Collector


AUTHORS: Matteo Andreoletti, Lucia Emma Avolio, Giulia Bagnacani
PLACE: Milan, Italy
YEAR: 2019
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM [1]: @matteoandreoletti
INSTAGRAM [2]: @topinalucy
INSTAGRAM [3]: @giulia_bagnacani


The project, a modern Palladian villa, is located in a long and narrow empty lot of Ripa di Porta Ticinese in Milan. It consists of the challenge of overlapping the residential and exhibition themes: the designed building must be a house but must also host an open private art collection to everyone.

The design idea stems from a contemporary reworking of the Palladian conception of the internal courtyard, embracing its basic characteristics and the interpretation of the porch.


The title of the project, from ancient Greek, recall the idea of a circular path which characterizes the overall layout of the building. The latter is composed of two distinct volumes connected to each other through a porch that frames the central courtyard and makes it accessible in a circular way.

To emphasize the importance of the porch as a key architectural element of the project, its continuity can also be appreciated with the upper floors, designing an architectural promenade.

The composition of the plan starts from the study of Palladio’s Palazzo Iseppo da Porto in Vicenza, highlighting indoor and outdoor spaces, making the inner courtyard the center of the project. The center of the courtyard is connoted by the presence of a Lichtenstein’s sculpture reachable walking through a tropical garden, which contrasts the regularity of the square court.

Furthermore, from the analysis of Palladio’s plan derives the clear distinction of the blocks into serving spaces and served spaces. The house spreads over four floors, in accordance with the context, and one of the units is designed as a dependance, with a guest room, a study and a double high space for playing music.

The basement floor of this modern Palladian villa is characterized by a space that recall the idea of the Roman Baths, with the three tubs “Frigidarium”, “Tepidarium” and “Calidarium” and other rooms for fitness.

On the top of the building there is a roof terrace offering a view of the inner court and the city, connoted by a reinterpretation of the “Altana”, a typical element of Venetian buildings.

The main entrance is reachable through a path contained between two different protruding volumes to direct visitors and give them a first view of the external space. Conversely a neon artwork by the artist Maurizio Nannucci catches the visitors on the opposite side of the quiet via Argelati,

All the artworks are placed in the various rooms of the house, according to the shape of each area, thus bringing life and art in close contact to reduce the separation of the two realities.


Matteo, Lucia Emma and Giulia are three recent graduates of the Master course of Architecture – Built Environment – Interiors from Politecnico di Milano.

They started work together from the early years of University and to very different projects. Their strong point consists in the complementarity of their capacities and ideas, but also in the various common interests they have.


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